With a thick fog covering Tampa Bay this morning, the fleet was kept ashore until 12:30 p.m., by which time the fog had burned off and a light southeasterly was blowing. Racing started an hour later on the North Course, which featured most of the faster classes entered in the regatta, in a 5- to 8-knot breeze coming from 120 degrees.
The breeze built slightly while the first few classes worked upwind, but then it started to fade. Chasing the puffs was the best way to ensure a good result. "One person was always looking out of the boat," said Jose Suarezhoyos, owner of the J/109 Mariah, "and that applies to the spinnaker legs as well. We were very focused on where the wind was and we went for it. We didn't sail the shortest distance, but we went where the wind was and it paid off."